A Roundtable With the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories Judges: Tracy O’Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth
So many of the stories I liked best played with understatement and a sort of quiet, confident pacing.
Best Debut Short StoriesPEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Notting Hill Beauty and Briefcase”
“” How can writers and readers keep our attention on the wider world, especially during a pandemic that keeps us, at least physically, in one space?
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“In illustration, we have to understand the writer's mind as much as we can to make the work.”
I feel like it has made the illustrators' community more connected than I realized before.
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“I decided to subvert readers’ expectations in terms of the narrative of a diaspora visiting their homeland in order to challenge the myth that all those arriving home from the west are endowed with bags of cash.”
“I think so much art—especially cinema—acts as an instruction manual for women.”
“I wanted to portray the pain of trying to reach someone who is inside their own, unreachable pain, and how this often puts untenable pressure on relationships.”